The Americans are Coming

Written by:

Jenny Munday, Herb Curtis

Cast Size:
9

Roles For:

  • Men: 7
  • Women: 2

Genre:

Adaptation
Drama

Themes:

Community
Love
Relationships
Small Town

Length:

135 min.

Year Written:

1997

Synopsis:

“Set in a small Miramichi (New Brunswick) community in the late 1950s, The Americans are Coming examines a unique and sheltered community that is about to change. Comprised of many stories: a poor woman trying to make sense of her life; two adolescent boys at a crossroads in their lives; a mysterious hermit; two love stories; and a virtual chorus of local voices. Adapted from the novel by Herb Curtis.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Nutbeam, a trapper; a gentle, shy, mysterious hermit. / Shirley Ramsey, a soft-spoken, humble but dignified, poor widow; mother of 11 children, runs the Post Office out of her house / Dryfly Ramsey, a non-aggressive teenager. A good singer and guitar player. He is Shirley’s youngest, the last one at home. / Shadrack Nash, Dry’s best friend, imaginative, a bit of a liar. / Bill Wallace, a successful business man from Massachusetts / Lillian Wallace, Bill’s beautiful daughter / Lindon Tucker, A guide; never has a thought of his own, repeats himself and everybody else. This should not be mistaken for a stutter. / Bob Nash, Shad’s father; a reasonably successful working man. / Bernie Hanley, the store owner and a wannabe preacher. Bob’s brother-in-law; Shad’s uncle.

First Produced:

1997, Theatre New Brunswick

Resources:

The Americans are Coming is available through the CPO Website.

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